Trump tweets backhanded New Year's greeting to his 'many enemies' ... and then parties
Donald Trump sent New Year’s greetings to his “many enemies” in a backhanded tweet in which he gloated over his political conquests.
“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” the US president-elect wrote.
The message on Twitter, Trump’s preferred mode of communication, caps a year in which he overcame long odds to vanquish 16 other Republicans vying to become the party’s White House nominee.
He then upended Democrat Hillary Clinton in last month’s general election - her formidable political machine and bigger campaign coffers notwithstanding - in a shock election upset.
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, when he will become the 45th US president.
Having completed the important diplomatic work of saluting his “many enemies” Trump was to see in the New Year with 800 guests at an “ elegant and sophisticated ” party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Rather in the vein of a planned inauguration in which big names and smaller names – such as those of individual Rockettes and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – have declined to perform, in the last case preferring not to be seen to endorse “tyranny and fascism” , the calibre of celebrities on the guest list seems uncertain at best.
Ageing Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone, who reportedly turned down Trump’s offer of a job with the National Endowment for the Arts, was attending. The legendary music producer Quincy Jones, however, was not.
Ongoing concerns about potential conflicts of interest between President Trump and Businessman Trump have also infringed on the party. Politico reported on Friday that Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks rejected suggestions that the sale of tickets, at between $525 and $575 a head, constituted the sale of access to the president-elect and his family.
“The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” Hicks said. “This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. “Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”